Recommended by Brian Leli
An evolutionary social scientist, David is adept at exposing the hidden and self-serving motives that drive much of human behavior. He breaks our status-hungry nonsense down with insight, clarity, and humor, and with an eye on becoming more self-aware and turning our bullshit into a tool for doing good.
John explores the everyday psychological and philosophical concepts, practices, and tools that we can use to help us solve what is perhaps our greatest engineering problem of all: mastering the self.
Numb at the Lodge is a strange and singular beast. It reads as though it's an actual living organism running experiments under the floorboards of the human psyche. It is at once wild, disturbing, intelligent, poetic, shape-shifting, and profound.
Escaping Flatland reads to me like a guidebook to an inner landscape that remembers the past, observes the present, and has a good sense for how to make the future. Henrik's writing shifts naturally between the inquisitive, the perceptive, the reflective, the clarifying, the dreamlike, and the precise—sometimes all within the same essay.